Lessons from history about insurgency in the Philippines

Insurgency, rebellion, and separatist movements (Note: I will use these three terms interchangeably.) have always been part and parcel of Philippine history. In this regard, it is no different from other countries and their histories. Successive Philippine governments have had to deal with several of these movements. In the spotlight are the Communist Party of […]

Prison awaits Aquino: Justice in the horizon for SAF 44 victims of Mamasapano Massacre!

Even as former President Benigno Simeon ‘BS’ Aquino III transitions into civilian life, it seems he still proves incapable of taking with him lessons learned from past experience. Aquino faces charges filed against him by kin of the victims of the 2015 Mamasapano Massacre in which 44 elite police officers of the Philippine National Police […]

Is the Ateneo de Manila University engaging in patronage politics by siding with the Aquinos?

Teachers should be teaching children how to think, not what to think. There is enough evidence to suggest that some teachers in the Philippines are not teaching children how to use their critical analysis faculties and are not nurturing them to become more independent thinkers. Recent statements made by the members of the Ateneo de […]

Misguided Pacifism And Humanitarianism Can Destroy Countries

Look, before I begin, I’m letting you know that there’s nothing wrong with being a pacifist or a humanitarian. Majority of us want peace in our lives after all and I myself believe that everyone has every right to be treated like right and proper human being. What I’m addressing here however is that while […]

Never Forget! The Crimes of Mamasapano

It has been one year since the brutal encounter between government forces and rogue Muslims in Mamasapano, Maguindanao. Elite commandos from the Philippine National Police-Special Action Force were ambushed by members of the terrorist Moro Islamic Liberation Front, along with members of another terrorist (and now ISIS-affiliated) organization Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters. The firefight (called […]

Filipinos hold on to PNoy’s promise to throw himself, Jun Abaya under a train

As the pressure from Filipino Netizens intensified and became too hard to ignore, Malacanang had no choice but to finally address President Benigno Simeon Aquino’s promise to get run over by a train if the Light Rail Transit (LRT) extension doesn’t get delivered by the end of 2015. According to Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma, the […]

Grace Poe should drop out of the presidential race for the sake of unity

Philippine senator and 2016 Presidential aspirant Grace Poe who was once very popular among Filipino voters is now becoming another polarizing figure after the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) Second Division cancelled her Certificate of Candidacy for the presidency. Their decision is based on grounds that she is not a natural-born citizen and has not met […]

Rodrigo Duterte’s promise to Filipinos in his bid for the presidency

The return of former Davao City mayor Rodrigo Duterte to the Philippines’ 2016 presidential election race says a lot about how little of a foothold real “democracy” has made in Philippine society. Democracy is not just about “freedom” and “elections”. It is also about justice and discipline. Duterte’s main value proposition to Filipino voters addresses […]